Archive for the 'Politics' Category

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

CLEVELAND’S MAYORAL RACE SNOOZEFEST…

August 9th, 2017

What a dull mayoral race this has been so far. It could put anyone to sleep. Maybe it’s me and my memory. I remember the 1977 mayoral race which turned out the incumbent Ralph Perk and sent Dennis Kucinich and Ed Feighan into the final November election day. Two big issues dominated and the news […]

A WRECKING CREW HAS ONLY A SINGLE PURPOSE…

August 8th, 2017

The central mission of the Republican Party has been to destroy government’s ability to rein in greed and protect the 99 percent. They now have in a president and top government officials a cadre of individuals who hate government (except when they see a profit to be made) far more than we could imagine. Ralph […]

NOW FLAKE IS WORRYING ABOUT TRUTH…?

August 7th, 2017

Senator Jeffry Lane Flake, R-Az., (a fourth, no second “e,” spelling for our shared name) wants to be the Republican party’s next faux maverick. Now that the Republican Party is crashing down around his ears, Flake thinks that the way out is to now, NOW? to tell the truth? Flake, Whining in Conservatives face a […]

DR. TOMMY CURRY AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT…

August 5th, 2017

Subscribe to Rob Redding’s radio show. I have. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of breaking bread with a man I consider to be, and am honored to call, my third brother, Cavana Faithwalker. Cav has been down home in Alabama for a number months and I was pumped when he let me know […]

YELLOW TAPING AROUND TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE…

August 5th, 2017

Listening to Trump surrogates on the radio attempt to make a nothing burger out of the grand jury empaneled in Washington D.C. this week made me wonder: if there was already a grand jury working on the collusion-with-Russia case that had been working for months, what was the big deal about the news of this […]

OHIO SENATORS PORTMAN AND BROWN RESPOND…

August 5th, 2017

In recent weeks I’ve contacted my senators—Sherrod Campbell Brown and Robert Jones Portman several times to leave messages regarding Trumpcare via both the phone and email. The senators responded to my messages in emails. The first to get back to me was Sen. Brown on 27 July. Here is what he said: Thank you for […]

NIXON HAD TAPES, TRUMP HAS TRANSCRIPTS…?

August 4th, 2017

I’m printing out a copy of the transcripts, high-lightening the good bits and keeping them handy for the next person I see wearing a Make America Great Again ht.

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
WE KNOW YOU BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU…

August 4th, 2017

So, Corey Lewandowski came to Cleveland to court Congress James Bupkis* Renacci and show his undying love for conservative politics money. As the warmup for his yacht club smoochfest, Lewandowski scored a Renacci-assisted place at the podium of the City Club of Cleveland where he told the paying attendees: If you want to have a […]

MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP’S LOCAL MILK PEOPLE

August 4th, 2017

Not, of course, to be confused with these people…

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

WILL WARREN BUFFETT RESCUE HEALTHCARE…?

August 2nd, 2017

Personally I have greater faith in individuals like Bernie Sanders than I do anyone with more money than they know what to do with, but maybe Ralph Nader has insights that I lack. Writing in Will a Mega-Billionaire Rescue America from GOP’s Insurance Mayhem?, Nader explores his question: Before recommending a practical way to reverse […]

LET THEM EAT CAKE, NO, ER, PIZZA FROM UMBERTO

August 1st, 2017

It was classy, just as Umberto feels about himself. And he tries to convince others. He didn’t complain about protesters in front of his fancy European-style house. He’d outsmart them. He’d treat them princely. Offer them pizza from his basement Italian restaurant. Why be testy. Rather classy, no? Better than cake. Whose party was this? […]

TAIBBI CHECKS TWITTER, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN…

July 28th, 2017

Matt Taibbi, writing in Anthony Scaramucci Era Will Be Freakish, Embarrassing, Short for Rolling Stone… Oh, of fuck trying to excerpt and comment on Taibbi. Just read the whole fucking thing. (I have to say, however, that the last three paragraphs are particularly tasty.)

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

NOON, TODAY: PROTEST PNC AND ROVER PIPELINE…

July 26th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: WHEN: Noon, Today, Wednesday, 26 July. WHERE: PNC Bank, 1900 E. 9th St., Cleveland. PNC is a major financier of the Rover Pipeline. Why is this a bad thing? The Rover Pipeline will run 365 miles across Ohio to transport fracked gas to the Gulf of Mexico and Canada […]

CONSERVATIVE QUOTE OF THE DAY…

July 26th, 2017

From The National Review: [President Donald Joh]Trump is not a victim. He is the hamster spinning the wheel in the massive Rube Goldberg machine that is the spectacle of presidential dysfunction. —Jonah Goldberg

HOW TO INTIMIDATE A UNITED STATES SENATOR…

July 26th, 2017

I should have called Senator Robert Jones Portman yesterday, but I didn’t. That’s on me. This morning, however, I did call (and write) the senator’s office and left this message: Good morning. My name is Jeff Hess and I live in North Royalton, Ohio. I’m calling this morning to encourage Senator Rob Portman to not […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THE RENACCI-LEWANDOWSKI-TRUMP THREESOME…

July 26th, 2017

Last week as I listened to the discussion on WCPN’s Sound Of Ideas concerning the invitation extended by the City Club to Corey Lewandowski to speak, the first question that came to my mind was: who thought that inviting Corey Lewandowski was a good idea. Only after the show did I discover the answer: my […]

JACKSON CATERING TO NEIGHBORHOODS—TOO LATE

July 24th, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has spent most of his decade plus service to Cleveland catering to its corporate community. It’s difficult to find where he has ever said, “NO” to the corporate czars here. Now, he’s trying to make up to the neighborhoods he has neglected. To me his actions come not only as surprising but […]

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